Great L.A Golfing Venue: Chester L. Washington Golf Course 3/15/21
The Chester L. Washington Golf Course was one of the first public golf courses in Los Angeles to allow black people to play.
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Chester Lloyd Washington Jr. was a journalist, newspaper publisher and editor. He was owner of Central News-Wave Publications, which at one time published over a dozen newspapers.
Washington began his newspaper career in the 1920s as a stenographer and journalist in his hometown of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He went on to serve as sports editor of the Pittsburgh Courier.
In 1955, Washington became the first African-American news employee at the Los Angeles Mirror-News. When the paper ceased publication in 1962, he went to work for the Los Angeles Sentinel, the city’s largest black-owned weekly, where he became editor in charge.
Four years later, he began his publishing career with the purchase of the Central News and Southwest News, two weeklies in Los Angeles. Over the course of several years, Washington purchased a number of additional papers to create the 13-newspaper Central News-Wave Publications.
On March 18, 1982, Los Angeles County Supervisor Kenneth Hahn dedicated the former Western Avenue Golf Course in Washington’s honor. Located at the corner of Western Avenue and 120th Street in the unincorporated community of West Athens, adjacent to Los Angeles.
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